2019 Fall Course Offerings

Note: TRS 097 and TRS 189 fulfill the "Theological Foundations" requirement of the Core Curriculum. All other TRS courses listed below except for TRS 129 and TRS 192 satisfy the "Theological Explorations" requirement. All upper-division TRS courses require either TRS 097 or TRS 189 as a prerequisite.


TRS 97: The Bible & Its Interpretation

Many sections are offered every term.

This course focuses on the Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish and Christian peoples. These texts have had a profound influence on art, literature, philosophy, and politics for over two thousand years of history, particularly in the West. As such, an understanding of the Bible is essential for a well-informed perspective on the world. (Satisfies the "Theological Understanding" requirement of the Core Curriculum.) 


All courses below the above line (except TRS 189, which is for transfer students only) satisfy the "Theological Understanding" (Theological Explorations) requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: TRS 97 or TRS 189.

TRS 112: The Gospel of John

M/W/ 4:00-5:35, STAFF

The course willl explore how John's Gospel has deep approaches to the considerations of justice that our contemporary society can use.

TRS 117: Wealth & Poverty In the Bible

T/Th 11:30-1:05pm, Michael Barram
T/Th, 3:00-4:35pm, Michael Barram

This course explores biblical and theological perspectives and values on wealth, poverty, and economic justice, focuing on implications thta those issues may have for the contemporary Christian community. 

TRS 122: Jesus - Human & Divine (Christology)

T/Th 8:00-9:35am, Anne Carpenter
T/Th 11:30-1:05pm, Anne Carpenter

This course examines the traditional sources of the Christian community’s understanding of Jesus of Nazareth in the light of contemporary concerns and critiques. Prerequisite: TRS 97 or 189. This course satisfies the Theological Understanding (Theological Explorations) requirement of the Core Curriculum.

TRS 129: Foundations of Theology

T/Th 9:45-11:20am, Anne Carpenter

This is a required course for majors and minors under the revised theology major. It is meant to offer students a fundamental understanding of what academic theology is and what it does, what sources it uses, and its history. All four aspects of theology—what it is, what it does, its sources, its history—work together to teach students how to think theologically. Special emphasis is placed on learning the standards of modern academic theology. Prerequisite: TRS 97 or 189. Limited to TRS majors and minors.

TRS 133: Life Stories & Theology

M/F 1:00-2:40pm, Brother Michael Avila

Uses narratives of exemplary lives, ancient and modern, Christian and non-Christian, as a tool to investigate the task of authentic existence today in the light of the gospel.

TRS 141: Christian Ethics

T/Th 11:30-1:05pm, Tom Poundstone

Introduces students to the disciplined study of ethics in the Roman Catholic tradion and the reformation of Catholic ethics which has taken place in the spirit of Vatican II. This course also integrates the insights of Christian ethics through discussion of film and drama.

TRS 151: Judaism

M/W 4:00-5:35pm, STAFF

Modern Jewish life is the product of more than 3,000 years of evolving thought, worship, traditions, theology, history, and civilization. This course investigates the dynamic role Judaism plays for its adherents then and now.

TRS 156: Religions of India

T/Th 8:00-9:35am, Norris Palmer

Focuses on a number of religious traditions (Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Parsi) within a wide variety of their historical and cultural settings, examining both individual traditions and the complex history of their interactions. (The course also fulfills the "Global Perspectives" requirement of the Core Curriculum.)

TRS 164: Dante and The Divine Comedy

M/W/F 9:15-10:20am, Brother Michael Meister 

Offers an in-depth spiritual and literary exploration of one of the greatest works of world literature, Dante's Divine Comedy. The theme of pilgrimage engages both Dante and the students in a journey to redemption, exploring the consequences of choice and free will.

TRS 165: Spiritual, not Religious

M/W/F 10:30-11:35am, Paul Giurlanda

This course seeks to situate the contemporary phrase "spiritual, not religious" in a larger historical context and to compare contemporary American comprehension of spirituality without institutional borders to more traditional understandings of spirituality.

TRS 167: Visual Theology: Christian Art & Architecture

Tues 3:00-6:15pm

This course examines the art and architecture that artists over the centuries have created in their attempts to give visible embodiment to their religious experiences. Also looks at the role and power of visual communicaiotn, mining art both Christian and secular for its theological insight. 

TRS 171: Gender & Religion in American Culture

T/Th 8:00-9:35am, Marie Pagliarini
T/Th 9:45-11:20am, Marie Pagliarini

Focuses on the relationship between gender and religion in North American history and culture, exploring gender as a category of analysis for the study of religion, and the ways that religions construct and deconstruct gender norms. This course is cross-listed with Women & Gender Studies.

TRS 180: Intensive Inquiry - Reading the Bible Through the Ages

T/Th 11:30-1:05pm, Zach Flanagin

The Bible has, for the last two thousand years, served as the greatest spiritual resource in the Christian tradition. Yet, at the same time, conflicting readings of the Bible have divided Christians and Jews, Protestants and Catholics, and Fundamentalists and Liberals. How should we approach this book of such spiritual power and such difficult controversy? This course explores the most important ways that people have read the Bible over the last two millennia. 

TRS 189: The Bible & Its Interpretation (transfer students)

M/W/F 10:30-11:35am, Brother Mark McVann
M/W/F 11:45-12:50pm, Brother Mark McVann

This course focuses on the Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish and Christian peoples, texts that have had a profound influence on religion, art, politics, and culture for over two thousand years. (Reserved for transfer students with 16 or more units at time of entrance. The course fulfills the "Theological Foundations" requirement of the Core Curriculum, not the "Theological Explorations" requirement.)

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